More than two years after it was first announced, Sony Pictures is moving forward with its theatrical remake of the hit 1970s TV series Good Times, bringing aboard Black-Ish creator Kenya Barris to write the screenplay. The story will be set in the 1960s, but it isn't known if the same Chicago location will be used from the TV series. Phil Johnston (Wreck-It Ralph, Cedar Rapids) had originally signed on to write the screenplay back in March 2013, but it isn't known if Kenya Barris will start from scratch, or work from Phil Johnston's previous draft.
The original Good Times ran for six seasons from 1974 to 1979, which followed a family in the Chicago projects just trying to get by in a turbulent neighborhood. John Amos, Esther Rolle, Jimmie Walker, BernNadette Stanis and Ja'net DuBois starred in the series. Janet Jackson joined the show in 1977 as Millicent "Penny" Woods, making her acting debut at just 11 years old. Norman Lear created the sitcom, which was a spinoff of Maude, a show that itself was a spinoff of Norman Lear's classic All in the Family.
Scott Rudin and Eli Bush are producing, with Eric Monte, Tammie Evans and Carlena Harris serving as executive producers. Kenya Barris is also attached to write the script for MGM's Barbershop 3, which has Malcolm D. Lee set to direct. Before creating Black-Ish, which debuted on ABC this fall in the network's Wednesday comedy block, Kenya Barris served as a writer on TV shows such as Are We There Yet? and The Game, while co-creating the reality series America's Next Top Model with Tyra Banks and Ken Mok.